White House shrugs off Royal's Bush jibe

24th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 (AFP) - The White House Tuesday dismissed French presidential hopeful Segolene Royal's vow never to genuflect to US President George W. Bush as the product of "internal French political squabbles."

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 (AFP) - The White House Tuesday dismissed French presidential hopeful Segolene Royal's vow never to genuflect to US President George W. Bush as the product of "internal French political squabbles."

The Socialist candidate to succeed French President Jacques Chirac declared in September: "My foreign policy will not consist of going to kneel before George Bush."

Asked to comment on that statement, Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters: "I'm going to decline to comment on internal French political squabbles during their presidential election."

The White House has studiously kept quiet about the election, firmly brushing aside questions about whether it has a favorite in the second-round May 6 runoff between Royal and the right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy.

On Monday, Perino said she would not touch questions on that subject "with a 20-foot pole" and insisted "We'll let the French, in two weeks, make their decision."


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